SAT Reading: Sentence Completions

Sentence Completions

Select the word that best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

The desperate father offered the little girl toy after toy, but she was ------- that she wanted only the lost stuffed animal that her grandmother had given her. 

A.   dubious

B.  adamant

C.  tacit

D.  meticulous

E.   remiss


Knowsys Method

Always start by covering up your answer choices so that they do not distract you.  Read the sentence carefully.  The father keeps offering the girl toys, but she is ------- that she only wants a particular toy.  You know that the little girl's mind is made up no matter what her father offers her.  Predict that the child is "sure" or "certain" that she only wants her favorite toy.  Look down at your answer choices.

A.   The word dubious has the root "duo" in it, so it means that someone is of two minds or uncertain.  Connect it in your head with the word "doubtful."  This is the opposite of your prediction, so you should eliminate it.

B.  "Adamant" means unshakable.  This matches your prediction - the little girl is standing firm.  Keep this choice.

C.  You might be tempted to choose "tacit" because the sentence is about a little girl who might not be able to speak yet, but you do not have enough information to know whether she is speaking to her father.  Eliminate this choice.

D.  The word "meticulous" is incorrect because the substitution of one toy for another is not about details.  Eliminate this choice.

E.   You may know that someone who is remiss in fulfilling a duty has not done his or her job.  You may be tempted by this word because a toy has been lost, but you do not know whether the little girl lost the toy.  Eliminate this choice.


The correct answer is (B). 

This is a medium level question.


Words used in this SC: 

 Dubious: doubtful or uncertain

Adamant: standing firm 

Tacit: understood without being clearly stated

Meticulous: very careful and attentive to small details

Remiss:  negligent or lacking a sense of duty


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